I’ve been going through this transition and growth period over the past six months, and throughout this time I’ve been praying for a venue to practice what I’ve been learning. About six weeks ago I was talking about some of this stuff with a friend, and she got excited and said that she’s been going through a similar transition. After just a few minutes of conversation it was obvious that we had the same vision for a group study. We agreed to pray about the possibility of leading a study together.

A few weeks go by, and I’m having breakfast with my pastor. In the past he and I have talked about me being involved in ministry in some capacity, and I have declined because I have been recovering from ministry burnout. But this day I mentioned to him that I’m interested in getting back involved in way. He said he’s been talking to my friend, the same one that I mentioned above, and he thinks I’d be a great fit. So at this point, I’m getting really excited.

She and I meet again, and talk through some of the details that we’d want our group to be about, and I have to say, this is exactly what I’ve been praying for.

Our group will be small, intentionally, so that we can develop as a community. And our community will be developed through community service and outreach. We will meet weekly for bible study and prayer, but the difference that I see between this group and others is that we don’t exist so that we can learn more about God’s word. We exist so that we can learn how to live a life of service and community, and the bible study is just one part of that. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be part of a group that doesn’t meet for its own edification.

We’ll start meeting regularly at the end of August, and we’ve already got some really cool people on board. As we ramp up, I’m humbled by how little effort it is taking. Everyone that I’ve spoken to about participating is excited. Right now we’re in the process of picking a specific direction to go in as a group, and there’s a lot of energy. It feels like I’m starting on a new adventure, which is humbling and awesome. If you think about it, pray for us.

Listening to Johnny Cash.